Tom Schneider Tops Elite Final Table, Grabs Third Bracelet

Tom Schneider captured his third bracelet, besting a premier final table in the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2013 WSOP.

Tom Schneider captured his third bracelet, besting a premier final table in the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2013 WSOP.

Tom Schneider captured his third bracelet, taking down the 2013 WSOP $1,5000 HORSE event and an illustrious final table, with seven bracelets among four of the final eight players.

Two other players — Ralph “Rep” Porter and Frankie O’Dell — entered the table searching for their third gold bracelets, while Owais Ahmed was hunting for his second.

“It kind of reassures me that I can still play,” Schneider said of his win.

Before the players reached the final table, the group of eight had amassed more than $7.5 million in tournament earnings, none without a tournament cash.

Schneider entered the final table with the chip lead, though he did not maintain it for the entirety of final table play.

Schneider won his two bracelets in 2007 (the year he won the WSOP Player of the Year award) with one in Pot Limit Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and another in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.

Now a semi-pro, the win earned Schneider his fourth cash of the summer. For the occasion, he wearing Pabst Blue Ribbon shorts, Loudmouth Poker baseball cap, hoodie and polo shirt. (He works for the pants division of Loudmouth Golf.)

His wife, Julie, sat surprisingly quiet in the stands for most of the final table. Fans may remember her 2009 tinnitus-inducing chant on ESPN.

Ahmed did. At three-handed play, he provoked her to rise and cheer.

“Stack ‘em, stack ‘em stack’em, to the top! Yeah, baby,” she screamed and then returned to her seat, saying she wouldn’t repeat it.

Play progressed, Schneider’s stack grew, and his wife’s chant faded to a faint cry that sounded like “Yeah. Baby dizzle.”

Schneider said in a post-tournament interview that he asked his wife to turn down the volume for the limit event.

“The one thing I like about limit poker is that it’s not about pounding your chest,” he said. “It’s usually a bunch of nice, decent guys.”

Schnieder eliminated the short-stacked Viatcheslav Ortynskiy, who had the least amount of tournament cashes going into the final table,  in third place.

He was then heads up with Ahmed, who had about 300,000 in chips against Schneider’s 3.15 million, as play moved to the round of Limit Hold’em with blinds of 30,000/60,000.

Ahmed doubled early and won most of the hold’em round, but never managed to put a significant dent in Schneider’s stack before being knocked out.

The cash put Ahmed over the $1 million mark for live tournament earnings. He won his first bracelet in the 2011 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event, and finished fourth that year in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. A week ago, he finished fourth in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $62,631.

Porter won a bracelet in the 2011 WSOP $2,500 Razz event  and another in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2008.

O’Dell won both of his bracelets in Omaha Hi-Lo, the first in a $1,500 event in 2003 and the second in a $2,000 in 2007.

Mark Klecan was eliminated in eighth place during a round of Omaha Hi-Lo with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 when he moved in during a round of Omaha Hi-Lo. Viatcheslav Ortynskiy called, Klecan raised, Rep Porter called, Ortynskiy three-bet, Klecan called all-in for his remaining 42,000 and Porter called. They saw the K 7 4 flop three ways. Orynskiy bet and Porter called. The turn 4 was checked through and Porter folded after Ortynskiy bet the 3 river.  Ortynskiy showed A 3 6 5 for a striaght and seven-five low and scooped the pot.

Eddie Blumenthal was looking to push himself over the $1 million threshold of career tournament earnings with a win, but the cards were not in his favor at the final table. Blumenthal was knocked out in seventh place during a around of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo. Blumenthal was up against Porter and all in on third street. Blumenthal’s board ran out 6 4 / 8 Q Q 5 8 for two pair. But Porter caught a better hand, making trips with 7 3 / A 7 7 2 Q and scooped the pot.

A win for Scott Bohlman, known as “xmrstyle,” would have put him over the $1 million mark for live tournament earnings. But he found himself short-stacked with a 15,000 bring-in during a round of Razz that would end his night. Entangled in a pot with Schneider, Bohlman called off his last 13,000 on sixth street holding 2 3 / [7d\ 8 7 J against Schneider’s A T / 5 4 A 9. Bohlman could not catch the needed ace, four or five, and he was sent home in sixth place.

Frankie O’Dell was crippled after doubling up Owais Ahmed, and a few hands later he was all in on fifth street of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, but was scooped by Ortynskiy who made a straight and a seven low. O’Dell could not improve on his 6 4 2 for a chop, and he was eliminated in fifth place.

Ralph “Rep” Porter won a bracelet in the 2011 WSOP $2,500 Razz event  and another in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2008.

He found himelf short stacked Sunday night in a round a Seven Card Stud, and raised was all in with Q J T against Ortynskiy’s 8 7 6 for a lower straight draw. Both players picked up a gutshot on the turn, Ortynskiy with the 4 and Porter with the A, and Ortynskiy  caught the 5 while Porter only improved to a pair of tens, which sent him to the rail.

Ortynskiy had taken the chip lead at one point in the final table, but it started to slip away as the field narrowed. As the short stack in a round of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, he was knocked out in third place by Schneider who made two pair and neither made a low.

The final hand came in a round of Razz. Schneider ultimately showed a 7 4 9 2 5 A for a seven-five after check-raising fifth street and getting a reluctant call. Ahmed was all in on sixth street, and pushed his cards into the muck as the hand was over.

Final Table Results

  1. Tom Schneider — $258,960
  2. Owais Ahmed — $159,950
  3. Viatcheslav Ortynskiy — $108,701
  4. Ralph “Rep” Porter — $75,652
  5. Frankie O’Dell — $53,739
  6. Scott Bohlman — $38,949
  7. Eddie Blumenthal — $28,778
  8. Mark Klecan — $21,679
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